Marc Hogan

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  • Meet Kurt Cobain's Siberian Subway Soundalike

    Meet Kurt Cobain's Siberian Subway Soundalike

    Nirvana's "Pennyroyal Tea" has a long and complex history. Named after a poisonous herb taken, usually unsuccessfully, to induce abortion, the song reportedly dates back to a 1990 four-track demo. The In Utero version was scheduled to be released as a single before Kurt Cobain's death in April 1994. Everyone from Cobain's widow Courtney Love, with Hole, to the Flaming Lips (to, um, Jared Leto) has covered it. Now, BuzzFeed points to a video of a Russian subway performer who sounds uncannily like Cobain, specifically in his solo MTV Unplugged in New York rendition of the brilliantly pained song. The Russian busker, Nikolay Petrovsky, didn't surface out of nowhere, of course. Russia's Life News reported in December 2010 that Petrovksy lives in Novosibirsk, Siberia, is a self-taught musician, and doesn't even speak English.

  • Lady Gaga / Photo by Getty Images

    Lady Gaga's New Album 'ARTPOP' Will Also Be App-Pop

    Lady Gaga wants you to know her next album will be more than "just" an album. Right after announcing the first North American leg of her worldwide Born This Way Ball tour, the Mother Monster has declared, via a statement on her LittleMonsters.com website, that when it comes to her upcoming fourth album ARTPOP, well, there will be an app for that. Following the lead of Björk, who released last year's Biophilia through a series of interactive apps, Gaga says ARTPOP, due out in 2013, will be a "multimedia experience." The app, she writes, is "the most major way to fully immerse yourself" in that experience and will be available for iPad, iPhone, and other mobile devices, plus computers. So what's in the ARTPOP app?

  • Best Coast Ask 'Do You Love Me Liked You Used To?' on 'Conan'

    Best Coast Ask 'Do You Love Me Liked You Used To?' on 'Conan'

    Best Coast have taken rhyming "fun" and "sun" to a reckless new plane of use, but the Southern California beach-poppers get away with it partly because those simple, innocent-seeming words tend to mask country-diva levels of kitchen-sink misery. Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno were at it again last night on Conan, giving a performance of "Do You Love Me Like You Used To?," one of the most nakedly vulnerable songs on this year's The Only Place, in a forceful rendition that was mostly faithful to the album. "Do you, do you, do you?" Cosentino repeated. Yes, we still do, and although we wish her all the happiness in the world, we're selfishly glad to hear a bit more of her biblically ("Lord please forgive me for my sins") dramatic anguish.

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    Of Montreal Announce Rarities LP With 'Sails, Hermaphroditic'

    Of Montreal have announced a new rarities compilation, and the Athens, Georgia psych-poppers are streaming a glammy, off-kilter preview of the record. Daughter of Cloud, due out on October 23 via Polyvinyl, will consist of 10 previously unreleased and seven hard-to-find tracks recorded between 2007 and 2012, as Pitchfork points out. Listen below to "Sails, Hermaphroditic," a splashy, lithely funky song about how "if I could Dr.

  • The Black Keys Invite 'Lonely Boy' Dancing Dude to MTV VMAs

    The Black Keys Invite 'Lonely Boy' Dancing Dude to MTV VMAs

    Last October, the Black Keys posted "Lonely Boy," the surf-flecked first single from their then-upcoming album El Camino, in the form of a bare-bones video that shows a lone man outside a motel room busting a move. Within a couple of days, the video had racked up more than 600,000 YouTube views, and the dancer was revealed to be a 48-year-old actor, musician, and part-time security guard named Derrick T. Tuggle. Well, that video is now heading on 18 million views, and MTV reports Tuggle is set to join the Ohio rockers at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday. The Black Keys' drummer Patrick Carney recently thanked Tuggle and invited him to the award ceremony, where "Lonely Boy" is up for Best Rock Video, the now-internet-famous dancing dude told MTV. "I'm going to bring something a little different," Tuggle is quoted as saying. "It's pretty great.

  • Watch A$AP Mob and Flatbush Zombies Do More 'Bath Salt'

    Watch A$AP Mob and Flatbush Zombies Do More 'Bath Salt'

    Pot, not bath salts, was the only intoxicant found in the body of the guy who was shot and killed by police this summer while devouring a homeless man's face. Once you know that, the collaboration between New York rap crews A$AP Mob and Flatbush Zombies on giddy, freaky Bath Salt" makes a whole lot more sense. The newly posted video (via Pitchfork), directed by past Clipse and Diplo collaborator Shomi Patwary, is appropriately haunted and drug-addled. The rappers are probably just happily baked, but the blank-eyed women hanging out with them might well be on something that gives you worse munchies than mere cannabis. Don't miss our feature Bath Salts: Deep in the Heart of America's New Drug Nightmare

  • Casket Girls

    Hear Black Moth Super Rainbow Spinoff Casket Girls' Woozy 'Sleepwalking'

    Savannah, Georgia-based Ryan Graveface runs Graveface Records and has played a role in such bands as Black Moth Super Rainbow, the Marshmallow Ghosts, and Dreamend. His latest project, the Casket Girls, is a collaboration with singer-lyricists Elsa and Phaedra Greene. "Sleepwalking," the title track from their debut LP — also titled Sleepwalking, and due out on November 6 via the Graveface label — puts a ghostly, electronic spin on '60s girl-group harmonies. "There will be no starting over / It'll just be over," the Greenes begin, with maybe a slight hint of twang, and you know this breakup might be a bit more final than all of Taylor Swift's never-evers.

  • Watch Bob Mould's Fiery 'Letterman' Performance

    Watch Bob Mould's Fiery 'Letterman' Performance

    "I must be descending," Bob Mould shouts on "The Descent," but if so he isn't going gently. The former Hüsker Dü and Sugar frontman's new solo album Silver Age came out yesterday on Merge, and he stopped by Late Show With David Letterman last night for a blazing performance of the record's scorching, power-pop advance track). Backed by Superchunk/Mountain Goats drummer Jon Wurster along with bassist Jason Narducy of Verbow and Spl:t S:ngle, Mould's poignant tribute to the music "that gave people so much hope" even overcame their host's initial delight in repeating Hüsker Dü's name. "That is all you want right there," Letterman ultimately enthused. Imagine how much fun he'd have saying Les Savy Fav's name, but those indie rockers' 2004 single "The Sweat Descends" seems relevant, too — it's not all downhill, as long as you stay alive.

  • Muse Find Love in the Time of 'Madness' in Dystopian Video

    Muse Find Love in the Time of 'Madness' in Dystopian Video

    Commuting is rarely pleasant even under the most ideal circumstances. In Muse's video for U2-shimmery wub-pop wuv song "Madness," from the soon-to-be Saturday Night Live guests' October 2 album The 2nd Law, some kind of — yup — madness takes over the London subway. The band evinces earnestness from the shadows as a SWAT team descends, a riot breaks out, and cigarette-smoking is inexplicably allowed (it looks cool). Meanwhile, our model-like heroine enjoys a connection worth writing Craigslist about the next morning. If there ever is another morning. The dark, brooding clip is directed by frequent Rihanna collaborator Anthony Mandler, so we should've expected Muse might find love in a hopeless place.

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    Emails Paint 'This Is It' Michael Jackson as Sickly Mess

    Newly obtained emails highlight how much the promoters behind Michael Jackson's ill-fated 2009 comeback may have known about the late pop legend's shaky state prior to his death that June, the Los Angeles Times reports. The 250 pages of confidential messages by executives at Anschutz Entertainment Group indicate concerns about Jackson's well-being had reached the top ranks of the company promoting his scheduled 50-show stand in London. One email described Jackson as "an emotionally paralyzed mess." Another called him a "basket case." Another referred to his "weakened and troubled state" and cautioned that "the best thing we can do is get a top Psychiatrist in to evaluate him ASAP." The emails obtained by the Times are expected to factor heavily into two separate lawsuits against AEG set for trial in 2013, one by the show's insurers and the other by Jackson's heirs.

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